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Ron Ohl (Reo2001)
Posted on Sunday, March 4, 2001 - 5:50 pm:   

I have had to do a factory restore. This is my question. When I did my factory restore, I was able to go to system restore under Accessories> system tools and do a restore taking me back to a day before I did the factory restore. I did this to check and see if I had all of the programs installed that my computer came with. Then I went back to my factory restore. Does my computer store this information? If so then isn't it using up memory or disk space? I have asked many people this and have yet to get a straight forward answer, always a puzzling look. Any help would be nice, thanks, I am using Win me
Katy R (Catsidea)
Posted on Monday, March 5, 2001 - 2:55 am:   

Ron, I am not familiar with WinME, but I know on my Win98 system, my harddrive is partitioned into 2 parts, one of which is used as a back-up area. (This is a Compaq Utility, not Windows)The system restore disk checks the size of what is needs to backup, and makes this partition the size it needs. I am guessing that yours is doing something similar as it can't be saving that information to the restore disk itself. When you look at "My Computer" you will see both partitions if they are there. My "D" drive is labeled "System_sav". I am not sure I LIKE this setup, but as I am not low on disk space, I leave it be. Your lack of memory to open programs is not a hard drive issue, it is RAM. I would venture a guess that you have some sort of utility running in the background, which is eating up your RAM. Try a 3 finger salute (Ctrl - Alt - Del) and see what all is running. You may need to remove some items from your startup that you do not need.
Ron Ohl (Reo2001)
Posted on Monday, March 5, 2001 - 11:51 am:   

Thanks Katy, Yes it is a compaq issue.And I too have sys. sav. When I check my RAM, in control panel> system> performance It says I am only using about 50% of Ram. When I go to system tools> system info It says Toatal physical memory 62.51 MB, available is 300. kb? Total virtual memory is 2.0 GB, available - 1.81GB, page file space 1.94. I am unfamiliar with all of the memory functions and don't understand what I am looking at? This is a list of my startups: Money Agent,Yahoo pager,Scan registry,Load power profile, Hidserv, digital dash board, country selection, DXM6 patch_981116, lv coms, alogserv, iAgent, Task monitor, system tray, EA clean, cpqInet, service connection, lexstart, lexmark pin tray, pc health, cpq easy acc, real tray, load power profile, *state mgr, stilllmage monitor, mcafee virus scan, scheduling agent, cal reminder shortcut, internet answer machine, Whew thats a lot. I have turned a couple of these off by unchecking, yahoo pager, real tray and internet answer machine. I am unfamiliar with what the other terms are and not sure if I should turn them off as well. I should have also mentioned I get system resources dangerously low message as well. Now best buy has stated they can free up some memory for 35$, But I should be able to do this myself with a little help. Help please, computer illiterate in Illinois. Ron
Katy R (Catsidea)
Posted on Monday, March 5, 2001 - 3:22 pm:   

Are you using MY machine, I had almost the same running. If you aren't using your extended keyboard functions, you can disable the digital dashboard. Money agent can be opened when needed thru your Money software, so it can be nixed, I also disabled the cpq programs, EAClean and pc health monitor. The pc health monitor is a resource hog. I don't know what Best Buy thinks they can free up for you for 35$ but seems to me that if it is being utilized by an application, it will just disappear again, much like your 35$. 50% utilization is high. My system starts to get choppy at about 75% free and I am running 256mg ram. I often get a low memory warning after running PowerTools on top of AOL, or when I try to run a high graphics game and then open another window for something. I don't know what sort of programs you are running, but 64mg RAM can get absorbed very quickly by a high graphic game. Try shutting down the system monitor using the ctrl-alt-del, then check your resources. you may be able to pinpoint the memory hog by shutting down the running aps one by one and then checking the utilization. The only thing your computer NEEDS to run in the Task Bar is Explorer. All the other ones can be shut down one at a time, to see who is being the hog. Also remember, anything you shut down via the ctrl-Alt-Del will restart when you reboot. After you find the culprit, you will need to remove it from the startup list so it does not just reload
Ron Ohl (Reo2001)
Posted on Monday, March 5, 2001 - 6:51 pm:   

Katy, you are so helpful, and speak in a language I can easily understand. Well I went to sys tools>sys info> sys config, and unchecked (disabled) everything except digital dashboard. I use it to notify me when I have new mail (for instances like this) since I do not have aol and my system doesn't let me know otherwise. Wow starts up real quick now. I am wondering about my virus scan though, unsure about switching it off at startup? The ctrl-alt-dele did not do anything that I noticed. I would click one and hit end task and nothing? I am now at 92% RAM at start up and it only goes down to 70% when I log on. Something I did not understand was in sys tools> sys info total physical memory 62.51GB available went down to 172.kb from 300. kb? I do not know enough to understand this, am I loosing memory? Still working at it, now I know why they say Hardware Hell, Ron
Katy R (Catsidea)
Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2001 - 2:46 am:   

Leave your virus scanner on! That one there is VERY important. I do not know why system info is showing that, as I don't see that info in my system info. Is your virus scanner up to date? I saw where you had gotten a flag for KAK. KAK does not list magnified fonts as a payload, but it does show increased file sizes. Make sure your virus scanner is up to date, and scan your system again. Glad I have been helpful.

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